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Patrick Heron

ACTIVE AS A PAINTER FOR BETTER than sixty years, as a writer on art for more than fifty, and as a campaigner on art education and landscape conservation for thirty, Patrick Heron never lost his passion, his innocence, or his idealism. That was what made any encounter with Patrick, his paintings, or his words a life-enhancing experience. Whether he was working for the preservation of the independent art schools in Britain or against the removal of field boundaries in West Penwith, his early-modernist sense of the need to adopt a firm moral position, whether aesthetic or political, gave his many campaigns considerable force.

Patrick’s passion was inspired by a profound generosity of spirit. He was a maker of reputations for others, not himself. “You open the eyes to those things which ordinary critics are unaware of,” wrote Braque to Heron in 1955, on receiving a copy of The Changing Forms

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